Westwood Week: Ashley - I've improved so much this past season
Ashley Westwood on progress.
26th Jun 2013
Westwood Week: Ashley - I've improved so much this past season


Ashley Westwood insists he's improved massively at Villa this past season.

Westwood was already renowned as an up-and-coming starlet before his move to B6.

But he says working alongside Barclays Premier League players and boss Paul Lambert in "sharp" training sessions has honed his skills even more.

He said: "The training at Villa is unbelievable. That's the big thing I have noticed coming from Crewe.

"The training is so sharp and if you're not on it every day in training, you get found out.

"The drills are fantastic, so enjoyable to be part of it.

"It's all sharp, snappy stuff - one and two touch - that suits me down to the ground - working on possession. It's fantastic.

"What you do in training is what you take forward into the games. If you're not sharp, on it, switched on, you're going to be sluggish come Saturday. That's always been the way I've looked at it.

"I have improved massively as a player since being here. I can't undersell that point.

"But the gaffer has given me masses of belief. He gives you the confidence to go out and play and that's served me well in some big games.

"Coming from League One, you naturally think it's a big jump playing against the likes of Man Utd and Man City. They do have top-quality players - brilliant players - but you have to remember they are human and believe in your own ability.

"My aim now is to keep on improving under the gaffer. You have to keep striving. One thing I am certain of is that I can develop here."

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